by Ali Abunimah
Palestinian and European campaign groups are calling on the European Union to cancel the participation of one of its senior diplomats in an Israeli conference which aims to end the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.
Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, head of the EU delegation in Tel Aviv, is scheduled to take part in a panel on 28 March on “combating the boycott through state action,” alongside West Bank settler leader Dani Dayan.
The panel is part of the “Stop the Boycott” conference organized in Jerusalem by the Israeli publications Yediot Ahronot and Ynet.
It will be addressed by Israeli officials, including public security minister Gilad Erdan, who heads the government’s anti-BDS efforts, as well as by leaders of US-based Israel lobby groups including StandWithUsand the Anti-Defamation League.